Constant vigil to be maintained on contestants

Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri has said that mobile and stationary surveillance teams will be formed to check illegal activities, such as threatening voters and distribution of liquor and cash as inducements, in all the Assembly constituencies in the district.

He was speaking at a training programme organised for officers on the implementation of the model code of conduct here on Tuesday.

Separate check-posts would be set up to check illegal transportation of liquor, cash, gift items and weapons. The surveillance teams would keep a constant vigil on persons who were involved in such activities in the past. In case of any suspicion, they would be questioned.

There would be three separate squads in each Assembly segment and their number would be increased based on requirement. These squads would monitor the activities of contestants, including campaigning, and initiate action in case of any complaints of violation of the model code of conduct.

“Starting with the registration of complaints, the entire investigation conducted by these squads will be videotaped. Therefore, officers involved in the election process should be cautious and adhere to the norms in order to avoid legal complications,” he said.

Public meetings

Political parties and contestants should take permission from the authorities before organising public meetings, he said.

Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat K.M. Narayanaswamy, in-charge Commissioner of the City Municipal Council M. Kurmarao and Assistant Commissioner M.N. Nagaraj were present.

  • Check-posts to be set up to curb illegal transportation of liquor, cash

  • ‘Process of investigation of any case of violation of norms will be videotaped’